Coming up with a derby name is the easy part
March 12, 2015 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Body By Derby is a figure study of active derby athletes. No nudity, but may be NSFW anyway.

This entry features skaters from Dutchland Derby Rollers.

This entry features derby athletes who identify as butch, trans*, gender non-conforming, or intersex of any variance. These skaters represent Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby, Ohio Roller Girls, Providence Roller Derby, and our hosts Windy City Rollers

More pictures can be found at Cory's website. Get future updates on Facebook by following The Rollergirl Project.
posted by rtha (23 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
Moderately off-topic: Why does roller derby only use quad skates? It seems like there would be a real maneuverability handicap.
posted by leotrotsky at 9:16 AM on March 12, 2015


It seems like there would be a real maneuverability handicap.

Having made the transition from inlines to quads, I can assure you there is no such handicap.
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:20 AM on March 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Derby uses quads primarily because the original, back before inlines, used quads. It started as a deliberate throwback to the old sport. And it just stuck.

But no, there's no maneuverability handicap between the two. The difference would primarily be speed, with inlines being naturally faster. Derby with inlines would probably need a larger track to compensate for that speed.
posted by evilangela at 9:23 AM on March 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Referees can use inline skates, but usually they are teased until they make the switch.
posted by Lucinda at 9:25 AM on March 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Wouldn't there be a lateral stability advantage for quad skates? It's a contact sport, after all.
posted by mondo dentro at 9:33 AM on March 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


The post is about the pictures of women's bodies and the discussion is about technical differences between types of skates! I love Metafilter!!
posted by Cookiebastard at 9:39 AM on March 12, 2015 [19 favorites]


I really enjoy the idea of this project, and especially so the section for butch, trans*, etc. players and the fact that they were given a 'gender identity' field that they could fill in however they thought was appropriate. That kind of inclusivity reflects the open and welcoming attitude of all the derby players I have known.

The photography, however, is a bit underwhelming.
posted by komara at 9:46 AM on March 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ah, the names...
My niece is 'Helen Bed'. That's gotta make her parents proud.
posted by MtDewd at 10:15 AM on March 12, 2015 [6 favorites]


Poppy Spock.
posted by Splunge at 10:17 AM on March 12, 2015


Goodbye, Lurz Lemon.

Kinda curious why the dossiers asked about children.
posted by Monochrome at 10:39 AM on March 12, 2015


Kinda curious why the dossiers asked about children.

I mean, I had (unfairly and for no reason, really) assumed that most of the women in my local league didn't have kids, and hadn't really thought of derby as something that a 40-something mother of several would do, so I find it kinda cool. People containing multitudes and all that. I wish they had also asked about day jobs, though. I'm always delighted to find out what their alter egos are.
posted by bowtiesarecool at 10:43 AM on March 12, 2015 [8 favorites]


I think the asking about kids part answers a few questions:

- the question of body image after having kids
- the question of exercise routines after having kids
- the question of "how do you find time to do something for YOURSELF after having kids"

(says the 40-something mother of one. Day job: paralegal.)
posted by Lucinda at 11:05 AM on March 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


(There has been a long history of human-interest stories about women’s roller derby that have used the same “by DAY, she’s…/ by NIGHT, she’s…” framing. I think that’s contributed to a reluctance by skaters to mention their careers, at least in contexts where they want to be regarded as serious athletes in a competitive sport—rather than TEACHERS with a SECRET LIFE or whatever—because they’ve learned that reporters will fixate on their day jobs in a way they wouldn’t for amateur men̉’s sports.)
posted by nicepersonality at 11:15 AM on March 12, 2015 [6 favorites]


By far my favorite responses were from Mega Pixel:
Weight: Don't Care
Weight before derby: Don't Know
posted by komara at 11:18 AM on March 12, 2015 [5 favorites]


(I mean I realize that part of the point of the project is to discuss before-and-after and how the game has potential to change a person, but I also liked her responses proving that it doesn't have to be about that for some people)
posted by komara at 11:19 AM on March 12, 2015


I LOVE the names. Sistine Shrapnel! Laverne N. Surly! The Smacktivist!
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:55 AM on March 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


I got a kick out of

THESE GAMS

KILL FASCISTS
posted by Corinth at 1:41 PM on March 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


They are all awesome.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:26 PM on March 12, 2015


A scientist acquaintance of mine goes by "Marge Hadron Collider."
posted by spacewaitress at 4:24 PM on March 12, 2015 [5 favorites]


These are great!
posted by Dip Flash at 5:38 PM on March 12, 2015


Heyheyheyheyheyhey! You left out the South Bend Roller Girls!

Granted, they are featured much farther back on the site...and yes, I know there are others who weren't named as well, but I must give a shout-out to my hometown ladies!

A good friend of mine, Ginger Snapped, appeared on HuffPo when the "Body by Derby" project was linked this week.
posted by k_nemesis at 7:18 AM on March 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


For this to be typical of my friends who play there need to be a lot more broken legs.
posted by MattWPBS at 1:17 PM on March 24, 2015


At last! A Metafilter post about female empowerment without slut shaming...
MtDewd: Ah, the names...
My niece is 'Helen Bed'. That's gotta make her parents proud.
Or not.

Remember ladies: just because you're over 30, married, with children, doesn't mean you aren't Daddy's little virgin girl!
posted by IAmBroom at 8:33 AM on March 25, 2015


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